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Cooler Master Cosmos SE Full-Tower Chassis Review

By: Chad Sebring | Full-Tower Cases in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 13, 2013 3:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Cooler Master

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




The Cosmos SE is painted in Midnight Black, and is darker than most other black cases we look at. There is a mix of polymer and mesh used in the front bezel and the top of the chassis, while the frame and doors are steel, and as any Cosmos should have, the four bars that surround the top and bottom of the chassis are made of aluminum. The left side panel offers a huge, slightly tinted, side window, and the right side is bumped out far enough that there is near 45mm of room for wiring. The plastic components are rounded and as with any other Cosmos, and while slightly smaller in stature this time around, there is no mistaking the lines, curves and aggressive design of what is a Cosmos chassis.


Inside there is a lot going on. There are two 5.25" bays, but there are three bay covers, due to the position of the pair of 120mm fans with blue LEDs installed there. Behind the fans there is a six tray rack for storage, and this rack will allow for either six 3.5" drives, but all the trays also allow for two 2.5" drives each, for a total of 12 in this section. Then at the bottom there are two more storage bays accessible via the front of the chassis. Again, these trays are for 3.5" drives, but still offer the ability for two 2.5" drives on each. Combined with the pair of hidden 2.5" racks behind the motherboard tray, you could install up to 18 2.5" drives in this chassis. If you remove the six bays from the front of the chassis, Cooler Master sends some support bars to allow for 240mm or 280mm radiators here. The top of the chassis is designed for a pair of 120mm or 140mm fans, and if a radiator comes into play, the fans fit into the top of the chassis, while the radiator stays inside the chassis.


The motherboard tray is well equipped with management options, tie points, and will house Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX or an ATX motherboard. The floor of the chassis offers room for the PSU and an optional fan, and as we move to the back, we are given seven expansion slots, with a plus two section next to it. This section offers two holes without grommets for tubing to pass through, but the back of the chassis also offers three holes with grommets for wiring and tubing.


With the Cosmos name comes Cosmos pricing, and even with the Cosmos SE, things are a touch pricey. Looking around, we were able to find that currently Newegg and directly from Cooler Master are the best options. At Newegg, the pricing is set to $169.99, and you still need to pony up another $17.99 to get it shipped. A similar story can be found directly via the CM Store. As far as full-tower's go, that is a costly endeavor, but I will promise you this, you have not seen a chassis designed like this before, and they offered just about everything you can pack into a design of this size.


The Cosmos SE is a coin toss. While pricey, there is nothing else like it on the market except for its much larger brothers, and on the flip side of that coin, this design is feature rich, and is at least worthy of some serious pondering, even at this price.

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